CORPFIN 6001 - Self-Managed Super Distribution & Estate Planning

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course will focus on SMSF's and examine estate planning, investment strategies, alternative investments, divorce settlement issues, strategic opportunities and taxation. The course will also cover the pension establishment process and will examine issues such as the use of reserves in the pension environment, the segregation of pension assets, preservation rules, the payment of benefits to members and beneficiaries, the process of asset valuation, court orders and settlement alternatives for Family Law purposes and the process to follow when winding-up a SMSF.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 6001
    Course Self-Managed Super Distribution & Estate Planning
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 x two day intensives scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge CORPFIN 7005
    Course Description This course will focus on SMSF's and examine estate planning, investment strategies, alternative investments, divorce settlement issues, strategic opportunities and taxation. The course will also cover the pension establishment process and will examine issues such as the use of reserves in the pension environment, the segregation of pension assets, preservation rules, the payment of benefits to members and beneficiaries, the process of asset valuation, court orders and settlement alternatives for Family Law purposes and the process to follow when winding-up a SMSF.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Tania Turner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Undertake the appropriate steps and execute the operations of an SMSF throughout various life cycles
    2. Analyse and interpret how specific SMSF trustees behaviour affects the SMSF fund investment strategy
    3. Provide specialised technical advice and solutions to SMSF trustees and related parties
    4. Demonstrate effective communication skills to convey complex technical advice to different audiences
    5. Integrate SMSF technical regulations and legislation with trustees objectives and motivations to evaluate, plan and implement various aspects of SMSF advice
    6. Adhere to legislative and regulatory requirements when carrying out SMSF advice
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3 & 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5 & 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    CCH Australian Superannuation Legislation - latest edition
    CCH Australia Master Superannuation Guide - latest edition
    Recommended Resources
    CCH Master Tax Guide
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Due to the intensive nature of this course it is a requirement that participants attend 100% of the scheduled seminars.  Consideration will be given to medical and compassionate reasons for non attendance but supporting documentation will need to be presented with these requests.  If 100% attendance is not met participants will be ineligible to sit for the exam.  Participants in the course are generally from a working background therefore work commitments do not exempt students from this attendance requirement.

    As with all intensive executive style program students are expected to contribute to all discussions and be positively interactive.  There is a strong assumption that students will engage in seminar discussions in an informed way.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are required to complete 1 assignment for this course as well as set aside time for study for the exam.

    The University expects full-time students (ie those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.  This means you are expected to commit approximately 12 hours for a three-unit course of private study outside your regular classes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Day 1 will cover:
    Sole Purpose test - determination of benefit entitlements
    Commencing a pension - steps to be taken
    Personal Taxation issues
    New pension definitions

    Day 2 will cover:
    Review of taxation of SMSFs
    Specific tax issues relating to pensions
    Segregated vs unsegregated
    Use of reserves in pension environment
    Continuing pension liability problems
    Investment Strategy concerns
    Rules around the use of derivatives

    Day 3 will cover:
    Dealing with Superannuation assets in the context of the Family Court decision
    Binding Financial Agreements
    NSW Succession Act
    Superannuation as a notional estate asset

    Day 4 will cover:
    Estate Planning
    Winding up a SMSF
    Exam review

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 50% (complete) must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall.  Students not achieveing the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.

    Assessment Task Weighting Learning Outcome
    Assignment 50% 1-3
    Exam 50% All
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete ALL assessment components for this course
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment for this course consists of 1 individual assignment and a 3 hour open book exam.

    The assignment is due at the mid point of your course and requires students to answer a series of short answer essay style questions.

    There is no word limit for this assignment.

    Students will be required to support their answers with reference to relevant regulations and legislation and should use referencing techniques to demonstrate this in their submission.
    Presentation of Assignments
    • Retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • All assignments must be submitted via email to the lecturer and must include a signed an dated Assignment Cover sheet.

    Assignments, not complying with the University’s policy on plagiarism, will be forwarded to Academic Integrity for investigation.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    The Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can be downloaded from

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc. In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)

    The Harvard system is the preferred style of referencing for this course. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide. Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors.

    Late Assignment submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to main a fair and equitable system.  Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons.  All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date.  Each request will be assessed on its merits.  A late assignment (without prior approval) will be penalised 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Every attempt is made to provide feedback on the mid-semester assignment to students within two (2) weeks of the due date. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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